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How to Launch an Employment Discrimination, Harassment, Diversity or Affirmative Action Initiative on a Global Scale

by Littler on

Equal employment opportunity initiatives—human resources policies, handbook and code of conduct provisions, compliance standards, training modules and dispute resolution procedures that address discrimination, harassment and...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - July 2017 #2

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: a decision by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice addressing a...more

China: Landmark Ruling on HIV Employment Discrimination

by Morgan Lewis on

A court in China finds that it is unlawful for an employer to banish an employee from the workplace due to his or her status as an infectious disease carrier....more

Germany's Gender Pay Gap Law: What It Means for Employers

by Jones Day on

Almost parallel to the new Gender Pay Gap Regulations in the United Kingdom, Germany also implemented a new law targeting unequal pay of men and women. The Pay Transparency Act (Entgelttransparenzgesetz or "PTA") aims at...more

Duty to set up procedures enabling whistleblowing in France by 1st January 2018: Criminal / Labor consequences

by White & Case LLP on

On 11 December 2016, the law targeting transparency, anti-corruption and the modernization of the economy, also known as "Sapin II", entered into force, creating a new legal framework for defining and protecting...more

The sky does have a limit when it comes to the age of commercial pilots

by Dentons on

The default retirement age in the UK was abolished on 6 April 2011. Since then, some employers have set their own fixed retirement age. However, in order to implement a fixed retirement age, and avoid successful claims of...more

UK Government’s Gender Pay Gap Reporting Service is now live

by Morgan Lewis on

The Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 came into force on 6 April 2017, which require private businesses with at least 250 employees in the United Kingdom on the “snapshot date” of 5 April 2017 to...more

International Companies beware – New Gender Pay Gap Reporting Regulations applicable in the UK

by King & Spalding on

The new Gender Pay Gap Reporting Regulations require employers in the U.K. to report on the pay gap between men and women in their organisation with the aim of reducing the gender pay gap in the U.K. workforce. The...more

New French Transparency and Anti-Corruption Law: Creation of a Whistleblower's Common Status

by White & Case LLP on

On December 10, 2016, the law n° 2016-1691, also known as "Sapin II", relating to transparency and anti-corruption measures (the "Law") was published in the French Journal Officiel. Notably, the Law creates a new legal...more

Closing the gender pay gap: Multinational corporations face a maze of gender pay gap reporting requirements—meeting them is vital

by White & Case LLP on

The landscape for gender pay gap reporting is shifting fast, and multinational corporations face a maze of new obligations in the different countries in which they operate. This myriad of legislation and regulation poses...more

Employment News - April 2017

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Plus ça change… - the employment law implications of the Great Repeal Bill - The government published its white paper "Legislating for the UK's withdrawal from the EU" last week. The employment law consequences of Brexit...more

The Employment Law Authority - March/April 2017

EXECUTIVE ORDERS MARK A RISING, ROILING TIDE OF IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS - In his first week in office, President Donald Trump launched a series of executive orders (EO) directing large-scale changes on...more

European Labour & Employment Update - March 2017

by Jones Day on

New rules have come into force concerning employees' rights to disconnect from digital devices outside normal working time. From 1 January 2017, all relevant employers must negotiate on the employees' right to have periods...more

United Kingdom: Gender Pay Gap Reporting Laws Update, European Labour & Employment Update

by Jones Day on

A reminder that the government has published its final draft form of the Gender Pay Gap Regulations, which come into force on 6 April 2017. The Regulations oblige relevant employers to report on their gender pay gap on an...more

European Court Clarifies Legality of Banning Islamic Headscarves in the Workplace

by Littler on

On March 14, 2017, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“ECJ”) issued a significant ruling clarifying when an employer may prohibit employees from wearing visible signs of their religious beliefs in the workplace. The...more

Puerto Rico Enacts Equal Pay Act Prohibiting Gender-Based Pay Disparities

by Morgan Lewis on

The Act also prohibits pay inquiries in the hiring process and limits restrictions on employee compensation discussions. Less than two months after the passage of the Labor Transformation and Flexibility Act that...more

CJEU Provides Guidance on Bearing Religious, Philosophical, or Political Symbols in the Workplace

by Morgan Lewis on

The Court of Justice of the European Union provided new guidance on March 14, 2017 on the visible bearing of political, philosophical, or religious symbols in the workplace—and any direct discrimination that may result....more

Dutch and French Legislatures Introduce New Human Rights Due Diligence Reporting Requirements

by Littler on

In February 2017, legislatures in the Netherlands and France took significant steps to implement mandatory due diligence and reporting rules regarding the impact of an employer's operations and supply chains on human rights. ...more

Protests Planned for March 8 Are Not A Reason to Deviate from Normal Attendance Policies

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

The organizers of January’s Women’s March on Washington and similar “sister” marches across the country are calling for women to “take the day off from paid and unpaid labor” on March 8, 2017. Promoted as a “Day Without A...more

Exposing Bad Practice in Financial Services – Are New Whistleblowing Regulations Working towards Encouraging a Culture of...

by NAVEX Global on

September 2016 saw the enforcement of new rules by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) that aimed at increasing confidence amongst financial services employees and encouraging...more

Recruitment and Wage and Hour Law in Ontario

by Dickinson Wright on

What are the requirements relating to advertising positions? In accordance with Ontario’s accessibility legislation, advertisements should note that employers will provide accommodations during the hiring process for...more

Gender Pay Gap Reporting: What You Need to Know

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Summary - McDermott’s “Key Employment Law Events in 2017 and Beyond” update highlighted the upcoming regulations requiring certain employers to report on the gender pay gap in their workforce (Equality Act 2010 (Gender...more

Damages in bullying claims – the stakes are rising even higher

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The Victorian Supreme Court recently issued a stunning decision awarding an employee over $600,000 comprising $210,000 for pain and suffering and the balance for lost past and future income, despite the employee having a...more

The Top Ten Things You Should Know About UK Employment Law

What 2016 lacked in employment law changes, it made up with political surprises (Brexit) and sweeping data protection changes (the GDPR). Due to these dynamic changes and in anticipation of what lies ahead, our UK employment...more

Advancing Human Rights Claims Based on Global Supply Chain Activities: Recent Developments in California and Canada

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Courts in California and Canada have emerged as testing grounds for advancing claims of forced labor in global supply chains.  The plaintiffs’ approach is to make companies more accountable to “soft law” norms like the UN...more

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